Five die as city bus ploughs into stop

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Five people were killed and 17 others injured in central Dublin yesterday when a double-decker bus mounted the kerb and ploughed into a bus stop on one of the city's busiest roads.

Five people were killed and 17 others injured in central Dublin yesterday when a double-decker bus mounted the kerb and ploughed into a bus stop on one of the city's busiest roads.

The victims, three women and two men, were all either queuing or walking past the stop on Wellington Quay.

The accident occurred when the double-decker - carrying only its driver - hit the back of another bus trying to take passengers on board. The first bus then swerved into the adjacent roofed shelter. A number of people were trapped under the vehicle.

Prime Minister Bertie Ahern visited the scene shortly after the accident and spoke of his "great distress".

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